“Marriage and the family are in crisis,” declared Pope Francis. “This revolution in manners and morals has often flown the flag of freedom but in fact it has brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings.” The false flag of freedom might also be called the false flag of entitlement, a banner hoisted by those who conspired to bring about the catastrophic redefinition of marriage in America.
The tragedy of the Obergefell decision was trumpeted in the strongest possible terms by its four dissenting justices as they decried “the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia” (Roberts) and the distortion of “principles on which this Nation was founded” (Thomas),” warning that this “naked judicial claim to legislative — indeed, super-legislative — power” (Scalia) will be “exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent” (Alito). How did such a disaster come to be?
The improbable path that led to it has been traced by journalist Christopher Cardwell in a book whose title suggests the grand deception of the gay marriage movement: The Age of Entitlement. The author takes us back to 2003 when “Judge Margaret Marshall of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced that there was no rational basis for denying gay people the fruits of marriage.” But, Cardwell continues, “there was sleight of hand involved. Marshall reasoned from, not to, a redefinition of marriage, taking it not as a foundation anterior to and recognized by government but as a welfare institution established by government, like a dog park or a VA hospital, which carried a ‘cornucopia of substantial benefits.’ The more important anthropological question of what marriage was could thus be replaced by a different question, that of equal access to state favors… That approach reversed the burden of proof on all marriage questions that came before courts” and “overturned the understanding that marriage was something antecedent to government.”
Meanwhile, “gay marriage was also the single cause that most united the richest and best-connected people on the planet,” notes Cardwell as he names numerous corporate giants that bankrolled the cause, along with “the investors George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, tech billionaires Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos,” and “entertainers David Geffen and Brad Pitt,” among others.
Such was the avalanche of influence that led five United States Supreme Court justices to decide Obergefell, effecting a sea change in American culture. What they could not change was the timeless truth, as old as civilization itself and memorialized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” Or, in the words of Michael Novak, “What strengthens the family strengthens society…. The roles of a father and a mother, and of children with respect to them, is the absolutely critical center of social force.” This is the truth boldly defended by IOF as it unites and equips leaders worldwide to promote and strengthen the natural family, society’s indispensable foundation.